St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School held its Solemn School Blessing and Official School Opening on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m.
The Markham school first opened in 1966 at 55 Parkway Ave., re-opened at its new location at 388 White’s Hill Ave., this past November. The new school facility has a student capacity of 519, and has five designated classrooms to deliver the Full-Day Kindergarten program, as well as a designated music classroom. The school serves families living in Markham’s newly developed Cornell community, as well as families living in the vicinity of the old school facility.
The St. Joseph CES community celebrated the school’s rejuvenation with a two part ceremony. The local Knights of Columbus provided an honour guard for the event.
The first part of the ceremony was a solemn blessing led by The Most Reverend Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick. The school’s primary and kindergarten choirs also sang. Students Johnny R. and Faith R. sang the Prayer, while students Antonia R., Katie A., Yvonne T., Gabby O., Olivia T., and Anna K. performed a liturgical dance.
The second part of the ceremony was the official opening featuring remarks from local dignitaries, including School Trustee and Vice-Chair, Marlene Mogado, who also emceed the event. The school was presented with a sculpture from the contractors who built the school, as well as a plaque from the City of Markham. Representatives from the Ministry of Education and MP office also presented the school with a flag, scroll and certificate.
Grade 7 students sang O Canada, and the school’s Music Star Band; Grade 5 and 6 Orff Ensemble; and Grade 8 Caribbean Ensembles also performed to the delight of the audience. The school’s Junior and Intermediate students closed the official celebrations, when they performed the song, ‘Find a Way.’
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a school open house, as well as cake and refreshments.